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The Race to End Childhood Obesity

A South Bay native, Patrick Sweeney is most likely to be spotted running along the Pacific Ocean in Manhattan Beach, catching rays and wearing nothing but shorts and a smile. On January 16 – his 36th birthday – Sweeney will veer from his ocean-side path and join an international team of run on a 4 1/2 month journey.

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How to Run a Transcon in 50 Days

Scheduled to start on January 16, 2015, this transcontinental race has captured the attention of the entire nation. A dozen core team runners have been selected from a pool of over 50 applicants. Each runner will vie for the lead position with the dream of taking first place when the team arrives at the White House in Washington D.C. – our nation’s capital. Though many more athletes would like to join the core team, not everyone can take 140-days off from work. The event organizers have created 13 four-day events sprinkled along the route. Most of them are scheduled over a weekend. So, typically, runners would arrive on Thursday afternoon and beginning running the following day….

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Strength of Iron, Heart of Gold

For most of us, exercise is a fun, healthy – but casual – way to get out of the house and stay in shape. In the world of sports, however, there’s a category that goes beyond our weekly bouts at the gym, or a pick-up game with the guys: some sports out there are Extreme. Sports like the famous Iron Man Triathlon races exist to push the limits of human ability and endurance. The full Iron Man race pits athletes against 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of bike racing, and a marathon 26.2 miles of running – all in one stretch. Finishing any one course is a workout even for a professional athlete; completing all three amounts to a Feat of Hercules…

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Can You Guess How Many Marathons Yolanda Holder Has Walked?

Meet Yolanda Holder, the “Walking Diva.” Power walker and Guinness World Record holder, Yolanda uses her unique form of racing to highlight the benefits of exercise. In the beginning, Yolanda was a race walker. Unlike power walking, it is judged for technique and form. She combined the two types of walking to create her own style of power walking. When asked about her definition of power walking, Yolanda replied, “Basically, power walking is your own style of walking. Pumping your arms as you walk creates more…

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Can you Guess the Length of the Longest Footrace?

You’ve probably heard the story of Pheidippides, the Greek soldier who, in 490 B.C., ran 26 miles from the town of Marathon to Athens. When he arrived, he announced a battleground victory over the Persians with his cry of, “Nike! (Victory!)”, and promptly dropped dead. Over 2,000 years later the marathon – so named for the spot of Pheidippides’ finish and defined by the approximate length of his run, 42.195 kilometers or 26 miles and 385 yards – was incorporated into the first modern Olympics in 1896 and has since spread across the globe…

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Childhood Obesity – How Does Your State Stack Up?

According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. At the present time, 12.5 million children, ages 6-19 in the United States, are obese. Many more are overweight.

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Ray Zahab Added As Advisor

Ray Zahab, founder of impossible2Possible (i2P) and a member of the team that crossed the continent of Africa in the documentary film titled “Running The Sahara”, has been added to the advisory board for the Race Across USA, scheduled to begin in January 2015. On November 1, 2006, former “pack a day smoker” Ray Zahab and two friends, Charlie Engle and Kevin Lin, both accomplished runners, set out on an expedition to cross the Sahara Desert by foot. One Hundred Eleven (111) days and 7,500 km after leaving the coast of Senegal, they completed their journey by stepping into the Red Sea. The documentary film “Running The Sahara”, produced by Matt Damon and directed by Academy Award winner James Moll, was created in an effort to raise awareness for the drinking water crisis in North Africa…

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David Warady Added as Advisor

David Warady, winner of the 1992 TransAm transcontinental race, has been added to the advisory board for the Race Across USA, scheduled to begin in January 2015. At age 22, while in college, David committed to becoming the best runner he could be. Over the next 18 years, he ran numerous marathons, ultra-marathons, and multi-day races, winning his very first ultra-marathon, the 1987 Southern California 50 Mile District Championships…

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Road Trip – Driving the Race Across USA Route Backwards

Read about our 3,080-mile road trip along the route for the Race Across USA. Hear about our challenges, the people that we met and the fantastic opportunities that we have already locked in along the way. For example, learn how our runners will be honored by the city of Fort Worth with a street fair with the Dallas Cowboys as we pass through the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Or, how we made it to the front page in the city of Roswell, NM. Or, how we were treated like rock stars at several schools along the way, to the point that kids were asking for our autographs…

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The 1929 Bunion Derby, Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace across America

In the following guest post, writer Charles Kastner introduces his newest book entitled “The 1929 Bunion Derby, Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace across America”. Published by Syracuse University Press.

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